Friday, April 30, 2010

I'm Dating Him, I Think.

My friend Sarah sent me this, and it totally made my day.  So, in turn, I share it with you.  Enjoy!

Copyright Babelgum

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Shadow of the Wind.

Simply amazing.  I wanted this book because the story sounded intriguing-- a young boy (Daniel Sempere) reads a book and falls in love with it.  When he begins searching for other books by the same author (Julian Carax), he finds that someone has been systematically burning all copies of this author's book. Young Daniel seems to have the only book left by Carax, and someone is desperate to get their hands on it.  So, Daniel goes in search of the real story behind the enigmatic Julian Carax and finds himself caught up in a world of secrets, lies, mystery, and danger.  But it was so much more than that.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon creates a story within a story, cleverly weaving the worlds of Julian and Daniel together. The tone and plot create the perfect amount of suspense, and there are some major twists that completely shocked me.  It doesn't happen often, but I love books that don't remind me of anything I've read before.  This doesn't happen often, but The Shadow of the Wind is truly original.  Highly recommended.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hilarious Headline of the Day.

You cannot make this stuff up!  Toilet Paper Bandit Sought-- Man wipes out Nebraska convenience store wearing two-ply disguise.  Ah, the number of puns that come to mind...

If only criminals here were smart enough to come up with such a clever disguise, I might be out of a job.  Seriously-- EVERYONE has and uses toilet paper.  You can get it anywhere.  There is literally nothing distinguishing about it, nor does it hold fingerprints.  It would not be suspicious to have fibers from toilet paper on your hands.  Genius!  But, fortunately for me, my clients are not so smart.  They like people (including cops) to know when they've done something stupid and illegal.

Oh, and apparently more criminals than just this particular one in Nebraska are resourceful and inventive.  The Lincoln PD also had a run in with the Beer Box Bandit.  Yes, it's what it sounds like.  Some dude not too long ago robbed another Lincoln, Nebraska convenience store wearing an empty Bud Light box on his head.  However, he was a bit less enterprising than our Toilet Paper Bandit.  BBB only stole 9 packs of cigarettes (not even a whole carton??), for a grand total of $50, while TPB hit the jackpot by emptying the cash register.


Law enforcement doesn't think that these two brilliant thieves are the same person.  If they are, he clearly got smarter by his second attempt.  What's next?  Aluminum foil?  A Garbage bag?  I assume that he's smart enough to use porous materials to cover his face to prevent asphyxiation, but you never know.  That certainly would make his apprehension easier.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

What a Week.

Wow-- it's been a whole week since I've blogged.  I apologize to you all.  This week has been CRAZY busy.  I was in court every day this week but one, and what an adventure that was.  Fortunately, not very dramatic for any of my clients-- none of them went to jail.  Yet.

In related news, will never understand why someone charged with a class E felony (on a scale from A-I, with A being the most serious) thinks I can get her a probationary sentence when she has a dozen priors.  Ah, the minds of criminals.  But I love them.

What else happened this week?

  • Tim Tebow (aka-- the Love of My Life) was drafted by the Denver Broncos.  I'm a little bummed because this means I'll never get to see any of his games except the one (!) Monday Night Football game that Denver has.  But, then again he's on a team with three QBs, so who knows if he'll actually play anyway.

  • I made a new friend this week.  I love it when that happens-- especially when they're as big (in this case, bigger) of a Yankee fan as I am.  Not many people in my world know who John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman, and Michael Kay are, much less can explain why in the world they like Michael Kay better than John Sterling.  For the record, I like Suzyn Waldman-- she's one of the very few female commentators who actually know what they're talking about.

  • The highlight of my week was definitely today because I went to the Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Bobcats NBA Playoffs game in Charlotte.  I'm a big Orlando Magic fan, so I was super excited when I found out they'd be coming near me!  Fortunately, I made it out alive after the Magic beat the Bobcats.  Although I wasn't so sure about some other Magic fans who were a bit more drunk boisterous than me.  

All in all, a pretty great week I'd say!  

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Catching Up with Old Friends.

Today, I had lunch with two of my oldest friends (dating back to middle school!) and their families.  It's amazing to see how people have changed and even more amazing to see how similar we all still are!  Several years, two spouses, and two (soon to be three) kids later, it's funny to see how we all still fall into the same roles.  We still make the same jokes, laugh at the same things, and genuinely care about each other.

Sometimes, I think I've completely changed from the person I was in high school.  But a two-hour lunch with those who knew me when makes me realize that I'm still the same me deep down.  And that makes me happy.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Where is All My Stuff?

I'm about to disclose a very personal detail about myself--  I lose things.  All the time.

I have no idea how it happens or where the stuff goes, but I lose things constantly!  I really wonder if there's a hidden place somewhere in my house where all of these things go to hang out and mock me while I search frantically for them.

Here's a list of some of the things (off the top of my head) that I've lost (some found) in the last almost-year that I've been in my new house:
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Jewelry
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Remote controls
  • Mail
  • DVDs
  • Books
  • Credit cards
  • Drivers License
  • NC Bar Card
Normally, I don't get worried when I can't find things because I know they'll turn up sooner or later.  And they usually do.  However, now I have lost my glasses--my prescription glasses-- and haven't been able to find them for several weeks.  Granted, I only usually wear them when I'm driving at night or at the movies or otherwise looking at things far away in the dark.  But, it's a pain to not have them, and it ain't going to be cheap to replace them.  (ps--If anybody finds glasses with black frames (pink inside) with some pretty weak lenses, I know where they belong.)

I'm pretty sure that most of the stuff I've lost is because I've put them somewhere (presumably for "safe-keeping") and forgotten where that place is.  If only I could be more organized about things and put them in their actual place instead of a temporary place thinking I'll remember where they landed, my life would not be so complicated.

Any suggestions on how to be more organized and to keep track of my stuff?

UPDATE:  My glasses have been located!!  Hallelujah for my wonderful mother who found them in her car.  No idea how they got there; I'm just glad they're home now.  

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hilarious Headline of the Day.

I saw this headline on the Drudge Report today and thought it was one of the most hilarious things I've seen in a while.  From the UK Telegraph-- "Pornographic Magazine for the Blind Launched"
Apparently, braille articles in Playboy aren't enough.  Blind people want to be able to feel the pictures, too.  For example:

(photo credit UK Telegraph)

The words are not the only things literally leaping off the page in this mag...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

My Two Cents.

So far, I've stayed out of the Tiger Woods debacle. But, given that this weekend marks his return to the PGA Tour at one of the biggest golf events of the year, I'll throw in my two cents. But let me say up front that I've been an avid Tiger Woods fan since his first green jacket at Augusta in 1997.

We've all heard the stories of the many, MANY women that Tiger has allegedly had an affair with (I use the word "allegedly" because it's in my nature as an attorney, not that I dispute the affairs).  Let's face it-- many (most? all?) of these women are skanky and trashy and not a one of them didn't know that he was married.  Tiger was 100% wrong, as were each of these women.  I don't care what a married man says or who he is, he's off limits.  

I feel bad for Elin, but I'm curious how much of Tiger's alleged philandering she knew of before November 2009 (when we all discovered what apparently a ton of other people knew).  Did she not know that Tiger had cheated?  Or did she know that he had some women on the side, just not to the extent?  Or did she know the whole story and finally just got tired of it?  Certainly the fact that the affair is public (as well as some unnecessary intimate details), causes more stress on her and their relationship than there otherwise would be.

But, despite Tiger's despicable behavior, I'm a firm believer in second chances.  Therefore, I hope that Tiger and Elin can work through their issues and stay together.

And, I hope he's successful this weekend at Augusta.  Nothing can silence his critics and those who are anxious to see him fail than a win (or an otherwise great weekend) at the Masters.

If nothing else, can we just please stop talking about the "poor behavior" and let him and Elin deal with the situation without media meddling and prying?  It's time to get back to the golf and let them sort out the rest on their own.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Best Show on Television.

If you haven't been watching Modern Family, you absolutely should!  It's the most hilarious, original show on television.  For years, I have been lamenting the death of (good) sitcoms.  Then rolled around the Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, now Community and Modern Family.  Modern Family makes my week-- it's right there on Wednesday when you need a pick-me-up to make that last push to the weekend.

It's about a family-- Jay and his second wife Gloria, with her son, Manny.

"Fliza Minelli"

Then Jay's son, Mitchell and his boyfriend, Cam, and their daughter, Lily.

"I'm big, I'm not fancy, and I dare you to not like me."

And lastly, Jay's daughter, Claire with her husband, Phil, and their three kids: Haley, Alex, and Luke.

"Phil Dunphy, yo."

"When I believe, you believe."

All together now...

All videos courtesy of ABC Networks.

Absolute hilarity.  

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Victory is Won. He is Risen!

"Death is swallowed up in victory!
Oh death, where is your victory?  Oh death, where is your sting?
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 15:54-57

On the cross, Jesus took on the sins of the entire world (Isaiah 53:5-6) in order to pay the ransom for us.  His sacrifice is why I can come before God, and he sees me instead of my sin.  But the resurrection is how we have VICTORY over sin.  Without the resurrection, sin triumphs.  Without the resurrection, we are slaves to sin and bound by its effects.  But because Jesus rose from the dead, conquering death and sin, we can be ALIVE with him.


And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagle's wings
Before my God, fall on my knees
And rise, I will rise

I Will Rise by Chris Tomlin

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave he rose again
And as He stands in victory
For I am his and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

In Christ Alone performed by Avalon

Friday, April 2, 2010

This Is Why He Came.

Today is the day Christians commemorate Jesus' sacrifice.  It begins on Thursday in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus knows what's coming.  He knows the excruciating pain and betrayal he is about to endure.  He prays three separate times that God would "take this cup from me.  Yet not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26)

While in the garden praying, one of the twelve men who has been with Jesus for the last three years, seen his miracles, seen his goodness and experienced his God-hood first-hand, arrives to betray him, handing Jesus over to be arrested.

Jesus is taken before the High Priest, where he utters not a word in his defense, then on to Pilate, the Roman governor.  Pilate asks the crowd that had gathered who they wanted released to them-- Jesus or the murderer Barabbas.  The crowd chooses Barabbas.  Pilate, not wanting to be held responsible for Jesus' death, tells the crowd, "I am innocent of this man's blood.  It is on your hands."  (Matthew 27:24)  The crowd responds with words that will haunt them for centuries-- "Let his blood be on us and our children!"  (Matthew 27:25)

Pilate orders Jesus to be flogged then crucified.  They beat him, mock him, then make him walk the road to Golgotha, carrying his own cross until he was physically unable.  After being nailed to the cross, Jesus is placed between two common thieves.

His disciples abandon him, the people laugh at him, guards divide up his clothing, and Jesus' response is "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they're doing."  (Luke 23:34)  For hours, Jesus is on the cross, bruised, bleeding, and hanging by nails in his hands and feet.  Then, he "gave up his spirit" and died. (Matthew 27:50)

At that very moment, the earth literally splits apart and the veil in the temple (which for centuries had symbolized separation between God and his people) was torn in half.  My favorite part (of this part) of the story is found in Matthew 27:54-- "When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified and exclaimed, 'Surely, he was the Son of God!'"

We will obviously never know the full extent of Jesus' sacrifice.  But I do know that he did it for me.  And you.  And I know that because of it, I am saved.

But, folks-- this isn't the end of the story.  Sunday's coming...

In only a moment truth was seen
Revealed this mystery
The crown that showed no dignity he wore
And the king was place for all the world to show disgrace
But only beauty flowed from this place

Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from his hands?
Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from his hands?

He held the weight of impurity
The Father would not see
The reasons had finally come to be to show
The depth of his grace flowed with every sin erased
He knew that this was why he came

Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from his hands?
Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from his hands?

And we just don't know
The blood and water flowed
And in it all he shows
Just how much He cares

And the veil was torn
So we could have this open door
And all these things have finally been complete

Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from his hands?
Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from his hands?

This Man by Jeremy Camp